His Eminence Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem advises the preachers from Pakistan to reach the remote areas to spread the message of Islam and the Ahlulbait

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah al-Hakeem advises the preachers from Pakistan to reach the remote areas to spread the message of Islam and the Ahlulbait

His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem spoke to male and female preachers from Pakistan of the necessity of reaching the remote areas of Pakistan in order to teach the people there the Islamic laws, and to invite them to the True Path, and to propagate to them the message of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them).

This advice was also directed especially towards the female preachers. After exerting their efforts in learning and studying, they must undertake their duties as preachers, by explaining the Islamic laws pertaining to women, so that the women can benefit from them in those areas. His Eminence continued to advise preachers towards having good behavior and etiquettes, humility, and keeping close to other believers, so that every one of them can fulfil their duties towards God in a manner that pleases Him, the Prophet and the Infallibles (peace be upon them all).

At the end, His Eminence supplicated to God that He accept the guests’ ziyarah and good deeds, and He answers their calls, and He supports them in their endeavors and duties, while interacting with others with love, compassion, honesty and humility. He prayed that He gives them the fruit of their good acts in this life and in the Hereafter. He is, indeed, All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

Day Questions

I am a Shia, and I have come across criticism about how the Shias commemorate the tragedy of Karbala and the ways of mourning for Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) and his family and companions. How can we explain to them the reasoning and purpose behind this?

What the lovers of the Ahlulbait (peace be upon them) do in the acts of mourning is expressing their grief and pain for what happened to Imam Hussein and his household on the day of Ashura. It is not something strange. It is, rather, an expression of the love and loyalty that Almighty Allah has ordered the Islamic nation to hold when He said: "Say (O , unto mankind): I ask of you no recompense for this, except love for the kinsfolk." (23:42). Sunnis and even non-Muslims participate in these commemorations since the loyalty to the Ahlulbait and loving them is not limited to the Shia.These commemorations are not a tradition but it is an implementation of the orders of the Imams of the Ahlulbait to their followers, when they ordered them to hold such commemorations. It is narrated that Imam Ja'afar al-Sadiq (peace be upon him) said: "Enliven our commemoration. May Allah have mercy on those who enliven our commemorations". There are many other such narrations.Yes, people and nations differ in their expressions of sadness, since the aim is to commemorate these tragic incidents, as means of sharing their grief and sorrow.

In the circumstance of two people who are happy with each other’s religion and behaviors and there is no doubt in their minds of wanting to marry one another, would an Istikhara be required to try and find out if they should get married?

Istikhara is not obligatory but it was narrated that it is used when there is doubt in the person’s mind. Istikhara for marriage when the conditions are met does not correspond to what is reported in the narrations about accepting a person for marriage when the conditions are met. Yes. It is better to seek the goodness from the Almighty and depend on Him.

Can we bury a man in the same grave in which his grandfather was buried in?

If the corpse of the deceased previously buried in that grave has completely decayed and become earth, in such a way that the grave is no longer considered as his grave, then one can bury another deceased in it.